The Grandparent Trap: How Many Chinese Children Are Raised

The differences between East and West are plentiful. Social and family structures are perhaps the areas exhibiting the greatest differences. This article will show one aspect of the Chinese family structure in which grandparents play an important role in raising children.

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Photo by sklei from Pexels

Extended Family

One fifth or 60 million plus of all children in China are growing up in rural towns, villages and small cities in the countryside.

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Chinese factory worker — Photo by Chevanon Photography from Pexels

Benefits of Living in Large Cities in China

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Famous “Pant Leg Building.” Beijing is a modern city which attracts hundreds of thousands of rural people looking for financial opportunities. — Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash

Children in Rural Areas

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Young Luo Hongniu, aged eight, is being raised by his grandparents in the rural province of Anshun (DailyMail.com — 2017) — Credit to Daily Mail — 2017

Left-Behind Children

“First and foremost my husband and I are very busy. But Beijing’s air pollution is another factor influencing our decision. Our child will be able to live in an environment with clean air back home.”

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‘Left behind’ child Luo Hongni, 11, collapses from the weight as she carries flowers while doing chores in the fields in Anshun, China (Daily Mail.com 2017) — Credit to Daily Mail — 2017

“Some 90 percent of children under the age of three are being cared for by at least one grandparent.”

Grandparent Care

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“Chinese ideal family: four generations under one roof.” Confucius Institute — Credit to Confucius Institute

Top-Down Structure

Further Resources

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I write about culture, international trade, and history. Taught international business at two universities in Beijing, China. https://hubpages.com/@jcscull

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